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RE: cross-staff stems

From: Mark Stephen Mrotek
Subject: RE: cross-staff stems
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 08:26:26 -0700



IMHO it is not that it cannot, rather it is that placement depends on whether the stem is extended up or extended down.

The documentation has the stem extended from the bass, therefore the command is in the bass.

In my MWE the stem was to extend down from the treble to the bass. And therefore, as William and Jean noted, the command needs to be in the treble voice.




From: Knute Snortum []
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2023 7:08 AM
To: Werner LEMBERG <>
Subject: Re: cross-staff stems



On Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 10:33 PM Werner LEMBERG <> wrote:

> The documentation does not explicitly relate stem direction with
> location of command.  So I am very fortunate to have your expertise.

Can you please suggest a better wording that I can add to the


Well, this is the first time I've heard that the \crossStaff shouldn't be applied to the lower notes.  The documentation ( ) shows an example with the \crossStaff in the bass clef staff:


\layout {
  \context {
    \consists "Span_stem_engraver"
  \new PianoStaff <<
    \new Staff {
      <b d'>4 r d'16\> e'8. g8 r\!
      e'8 f' g'4 e'2
    \new Staff {
      \clef bass
      \crossStaff { <e g>4 e, g16 a8. c8} d
      g8 f g4 c2
Knute Snortum

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